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, with president obama and the first lady just boarding on the way to south africa to pay tribute this week to nelson mandela with other world leaders >> gas prices have got up three cents a gallon according to the new survey putting the national average for a gallon of regular at $3.29, nearly ten cents less than a yearing a at this time. california above average price rose four cents to $3.5 a gallon and the cheapest gas in the lower 48 is in tulsa, oklahoma, where drivers pay $2.84 a gallon and the most expensive gas is not in the bay area but in los angeles, $3.61. >> butterflies are the latest political target in san francisco, the commission on the environment approved a resolution urging the toy been releasing but the for flies at weddings saying they are animals to be respected and should not be used add decorations. mop arcs are the most sought after for ceremonies. supporters are concerned the butterflies could damage native species. >> a start-up is looking to invent the incredible edible egg without the "egg." the san francisco start-up backed by bill gates is scouring the plane
in south africa this morning to say good-bye to nelson mandela as president obama prepares to lead the u.s. delegation there. lester is live in soweto, south africa with the latest. >>> it's off. prince harry's race to the south pole canceled. that doesn't moon the royal is giving up on his mission to reach the bottom of the world today, sunday, december 8, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" with lester holt live in soweto, south africa, and erica hill live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill alongside jenna wolfe and dylan dreyer. as we mentioned, lester holt is in soweto, south africa, where the official events to honor the life of nelson mandela are under way today. good morning, lester. >> reporter: good morning, erica. today was the official day of prayer and reflection. all that notwithstanding, it continues to be a day or a week of celebration of the life of nelson mandela. people here in the streets in soweto once again celebrating his life. we'll tell you about that. we'll tell yo
this morning, president obama is on the way to south africa to pay tribute to form former south african president nelson mandela leaving in merchandise at 5:00 a.m., and will attend the national memorial service along with former presidents jimmy carter, bill clinton and george w. bush. it will be held at the stall where delaware made the final public appearance at the 2010 world cup. >> many have been gathering outside of his home in the meantime, and in johannesburg since word of his death broke, he will lie in state for three days before three is laid to rest after a state funeral in his home village next sunday. >> thousands pay tribute to "fast and furious" star paul walker this weekend of the site where he died in a fiery car crash. fans and mourners added items to the large memorial north of los angeles. local car clubs organized the gathering by social media and the sheriff estimates 5,000 people showed up including "fast and furious" actor. maybe we can remember how great a guy three was and celebrate. >> good to see people coming together for the pull of thanking the friends a
of the decades of momentous change he did so much to bring about. south africa comes to terms with the death of the father of their brain that nation. the well known zone with them. us president barack obama has paid homage to one of his peers at a special address at the white house. for now. let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela left the man who took history this dance. and that the arco more universe. for justice for his journey from a prisoner. well president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better god blesses memory. and keep him in peace. he led a secretary general banking maine is also a paid his respects freedom still working. i'm falling he said them. by the passing of this in montana. this in mind that i was a triumph for justice and the tone for the human experience. daniel rode along route one which he introduced by his is set for his stubborn for human dignity keep the twenty two and freedom to touch all blacks around the well of the net with hamas in order to honor the life of nelson mandela and then he touched the w
africa. leaders from at least a dozen countries will be here, united states president obama, as well as two former presidents, presidents clinton and bush as well as their wives will be in attendance with many other american dignitaries. they will be joined by the leaders of at least a dozen other countries, and more are continuing to join. >> madiba, this guy was the greatest, we'll never see someone like him again. >> reporter: on sunday, thousands packed places of worship in pretoria and soweto, different creeds and colors honoring a special man. >> today was a special mass for madiba. he said peace and we must hold that peace so that where is he, he'll be very pleased. >> reporter: tears and cheers capturing the loss and love for tata or father, as south africans called mandela. the makeshift memorials outside mandela's johannesburg home continue to grow but the greatest memorial may be the faces, black and white together. parents bring children who will live a life madiba helped make possible. >> they were born free, they were born in the free south africa so they'll experience
was in the simplicity of his nature in our midsts. >> president obama will travel to south africa for a memorial on tuesday. he'll be joined on air force one by president george w. bush and mrs. bush. plez clinton is expected to join as well. >>> carrie underwood is firing back at critics on her "sound of music" performance. ♪ ♪ >> the country star played ma via von trapp in the three hour live spigsal. she's been getting hate tweets. >> come on. >> she claims she got even more after thursday's broadcast. so she responded to the haters like this, by tweeting, plain and simple, many people just need jesus. they will be in my prayers tonight adding a bible verse there at the end. sounds like she's dealing with the haters by letting jesus take the wheel. >> she did three hours live on tv. >> what a task. >> anyone that can do that, i respect. >> including -- including the great janice dean. >> janice, could you do three hours of live television. >> by myself? >> no. >> singing? >> impossible. >> listen, no one can outdo julie andrews. that was probably one of the reasons why she got so much fir
continuiecontinues. president obama along with president bush and clinton will head to africa for the funeral. mandela died thursday at the age of 95 after a long battle with a lung infection. >>> the grammy nominations are out. justin timberlake and rapper jay-z lead the pack. song of the year, and best new artist is this man. performs at last night's nominations. ♪ say i never failed ♪ >> ooh! 17-year-old newcomer and bruno mars nominations. the 56 awards show airs january 26th. >>> you dancing along? >> shows you how out of touch i am with the kids. >> not me. i'm on top of it. a number of one-named singers these days. >> following on the heels of madonna and sting. >> now time for rick who only goes by one name. we have a weather look for you you severe weather. at least 11 people are dead after a winter storm and cold temperatures hit the united states. ice, sleet and snow in parts of texas causing several accidents. power outages. flight cancellations. in oklahoma city, slick roads, many motorists stranded and causing an suv to flip over there. in california, three people died of hy
the obamas aboard air force one to make the trip to south africa for mandela's services. former president bill clinton and hillary clinton also expected to attend. no word yet if the clintons will be flying on air force one with presidents obama and bush. we've just learned a spokesman for former president carter also telling nbc he is going to south africa as part of the elders delegation. he will not be on air force one with the obamas. new today in politics, president obama is scheduled to speak this hour about u.s.-israeli relations in the current environment. part of a forum sponsored by the saban center at the brookings institute. other speakers include secretary of state john kerry, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. new today, the president is calling on congress to extend unemployment benefits set to expire on december 28th. >>. >> the nonpartisan congressional budget office predicted allowing them to expire will be a drag on economic growth next year. a report by the department of labor and my council of economic advisors estimated could cost businesses 240,000 jobs. and
spent a whole lot of time and making nelson mandela. >>: barack obama spend more time. >>: a moral giant who embodied dignity courage and hope and sought to bring about justice not only in south africa but i think to inspire millions around the world. >>: and he wasn't the only one to reflect on and that was death. >>: he was a champion for justice and a fighter for our human rights. >>: he is the kind of individual the that the words he spoke were so profoundly talented to your spirit. >>: he wanted to persuade the people of south africa as a whole that they did not have to be afraid of fundamental to rid cnn's twitter tracker showed news of mandela's death spreading around and you're the 1000 tweet per minute. after samuel l. jackson rolled never met a better person in my life then nelson mandela. my sympathy to his wife and country. at the south african embassy in washington the flag was lowered to half staff. i'm andrew spencer reporting >>darya: a new development in the crash that killed actor paul worker. that's what corporate 18 year-old jamieson witty was arrested for allegedly s
presidents past and present on their way to south africa. tomorrow's lamoille service with nelson mandela. president obama, former president george w. bush, jimmy carter, they also plan to attend. a foreign affairs correspondent joins us now in johannesburg, south africa. so the preparations are underway >> it's remarkable. the world is coming together to south africa and that is what a spokesman for the government said today. we have been watching as the dignitaries arrived in this is the former and final home with nelson mandela. as you can imagine, south africa security is gearing up. 11,000 troops and police have been deployed in over 70 heads of state are coming to this country. president obama, 26 congressmen, adding friends and those from around the world. prince charles all the way to raul castro. they will all be there in johannesburg, not far from the neighborhood where nelson mandela spent so much of his life. tens of thousands of dignitaries and the range of people that will be there at that event and elsewhere, telling us just how huge the reach of this man was. heather: than
. the white house announcing that the president and mrs. obama will travel to south africa next week as millions will pay tribute to the anti-apartheid leader, knell soften mandela. -- in nelson mandela. a mixture of sorrow and also celebration as people remember the man many refer to as the father of their country with prayers and tears and songs. my next guest had a personal connection to the former south african president, he hosted mandela when he came to the united states to attend the inauguration of president bill clinton back in 1993. there's a picture of them there, and the be relationship really developed over many years, and the congressman is with us now with his thoughts and reflections today. it's great to have you on the program, congressman. we do have some pictures, as we mentioned, of your time with nelson mandela, but i understand that your relationship started so many years before the bill clinton inauguration. can you tell our viewers a little bit about how you became friends with nelson mandela? >> well, thank you, and thanks for the opportunity to be here. i fo
the services held across south africa today from parks to churches as people gather to remember the father of their country. we will also tell you the specific plans now that we know about president obama's visit along with some other u.s. presidents here to south africa later this week as we report from soweto. >> lester, looking forward to that. we will get back to you shortly. >>> we want to get to today's top story in the u.s., another round of both powerful winter storms creating treacherous conditions at this point from california all the way to new england. the weather channel's mike seidel is in a very chilly leesburg, virginia, this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. as we await the first wintery weather west of washington, dallas is encased in ice. the west coast got slammed by a second storm on saturday. in barts of north dakota and montana, temperatures have stayed below zero since thursday. no break in the wintery blast as a new storm moved into california. heavy snow in the mountains made the roads unsafe. >> it's slippery and dangerous. you try to change lanes
, who along with first lady michelle obama left washington about an hour ago for south africa, expected to arrive in johannesburg early tomorrow morning. joining them will be former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush, david cameron and ban ki-moon among scores of other dignitaries. errol barnett in johannesburg for us. tomorrow is taking place in soccer city during the world cup, a huge stadium, 90,000 plus seats. given the interest and the crowds behind you now, will that be big enough to accommodate everybody? >> reporter: in a word, john, no, and that's why the government has facilitated three, count them three overthrow stadiums for people who want to attend tuesday's memorial service, plus they will be broadcasting the ceremony via livestream to 90 big screens set up all over the country. john, i'm not sure how many university football games you've been to but what's happening around me now you could compare to a battle of the bonds. over my right shoulder a south african group, over my left a nigerian group who has come here and outside nelson mandela's home where he passe
from us president barack obama. we've lost one of the most influential courageous whimper from a good human beings that many of us will share time with on this earth. south africa is now entering a period of mourning for nelson mandela the people here also want to celebrate his life. i can see mr you buy a decent routine some content is due next monday. really. he was three times the retail as you can tune in to read it and would come from and was key. i was in front of his house and again he came back to simply tell he's in he's hitting years in prison. it didn't really see her because it constitutes an ac. and then off to bed and then he became president in ninety four c2 list i was in and out of the day in ca who discusses his press conferences in tv it's him. he did towards him okie this just might get his presents he came into their new teammates as he was the m e i mean he was of royal campbell and dad and that you need this review i'll delete on main theories to tea with studded team and candidates always accomplishment when standing at how wonderfully it and asked me about gif
where president obama and the first lady just boarded air force one. they're on their way to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela who died last week at the age of 95. tomorrow's national memorial service will serve as a rare reunion of nearly all of the living american presidents. george w. bush and laura bush are on air force one, along with the president now. secretary hillary clinton, also on the plane. president bill clinton and jimmy carter are traveling separately. president george herbert walker bush is the only living president not to attends. the 89-year-old is no longer able to travel long distances and certainly is one, even though it is on air force one all the way to south africa. >>> welcome back. the live tv broadcast of "the sound of music" may have struck ratings gold with more than 18 million viewers. but some critics weren't so good especially about carrie underwood's performance. some parodied the show. ♪ a song is when you put notes together in a certain order ♪ ♪ notes you made with your mouth and that's music. does that make sense? >> no! >> jo
. >> no question. try to make the best of it. >>> we turn to south africa. and the events celebrating the life of nelson mandela. 91 world leaders including four american presidents attending tomorrow's memorial service. president obama and the first lady are flying there today, joined on air force one by president george w. bush. abc's chief foreign correspondent, terry moran, from pretoria. good morning, terry. >> reporter: this is a huge week for this country and people around the world. south africa is saying a long and beautifully affectionate farewell to the man that just about everybody here calls tata, father. candles and flowers at nelson mandela's house. a people's spontaneous tribute. at the south african parliament, in cape town, a special session begins this morning to honor mandela. at the fnb stadium where mandela made his last public appearance at the 2010 world cup, 91 world leaders are expected to join 90,000 ordinary south africans in a massive and historic memorial tomorrow. ♪ over the weekend, churches filled with songs and prayer in memory and gratitude for mandela's li
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